Lehman College

Ricardo R. Fernández
David Levey

For four decades, Lehman College has provided undergraduate and graduate students with a first-rate liberal arts education and a dynamic research environment, preparing them for careers and advanced study in over 30 fields. The 363 full-time members of Lehman’s faculty represent a broad spectrum of scholarship and include six who hold the title of distinguished professor, the highest rank attainable within CUNY. Nearly 12,000 students benefit from Lehman’s advanced facilities, which include a new speech and hearing clinic, state-of-the-art labs in biology, geographic information science, new media and a world-class sports and recreation center. Lehman was one of only 13 colleges across the country chosen by the Policy Center on the First Year of College, a national research center, as “an institution of excellence” for the quality of its freshman programs.

Philanthropic Support FY00-FY09 — $24,482,628
Projected Philanthropy Target through FY2015 — $40,000,000

Philanthropic support totaled more than $24 million, supporting outstanding educational pathways for students in the arts and sciences, business and the health professions.

Gift Highlights

  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation gave $1.8 million to establish the Bronx Institute at Lehman College, which helps youths prepare for and succeed in college.
  • Local 1199 of the Drug, Hospital and Health Care Employees Union has provided nearly $4.5 million toward projects, including a nursing degree program for immigrants and a new certificate program in alcohol- and substance-abuse counseling.
  • New Visions for Public Schools gave a grant of $1.35 million for a model partnership with eight small specialized Bronx public high schools that meet the diverse needs and talents of underserved New York City students.
  • A bequest of $1.7 million from Dorothy Brodin, professor emerita of romance languages at Lehman, established the Dorothy and Pierre Brodin Scholarship for students majoring in the humanities.
  • Bequests from Lehman alumnus Candido Maldonado and from Prof. Emerita Lucie Saunders will provide scholarships.
  • Teach for America provided more than $450,000 to support the Division of Education.
  • The Wildlife Conservation Society made a grant of more than $260,000 to support the evaluation of Bronx River ecology and to produce a field guide.

Look Who's Investing in Lehman College


Albert P. Carey

“It’s great for us to be involved with students, to be around them, ask them questions about our products, about their learning experiences, about our company. Those conversations will make us a better and more informed company.”

— Albert P. Carey

Albert P. Carey, president and CEO of Frito-Lay North America, was born in the Bronx and is committed to the education and development of the next generation of America’s leaders — especially the students at Lehman. A partnership between Lehman and Frito-Lay supports students with scholarships and internships. “This gives us the chance to invest in young people in our hometown, New York,” he says. Mr. Carey received the Lehman Leadership Award in 2008 and is establishing a scholarship fund for Lehman students in the name of his family.

St. George’s Society of New York

The St. George’s Society of New York gave close to $50,000 in scholarships to students of British and British Commonwealth origin. The students, who must maintain excellent academic standing and have completed three years of study at Lehman, hail from Ghana, Nigeria, Trinidad, Pakistan, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Grenada, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom. “The society’s scholarships are vital to the future of these students,” said Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández. “Their stories are part of the proud mission of The City University of New York to provide access to excellence for those who come here in search of freedom and opportunity.” Twenty-four students were awarded the first St. George’s Society scholarships at a fall 2008 luncheon with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

PepsiCo Foundation

The PepsiCo Foundation’s first-time gift to Lehman of $100,000 established the new Business and Liberal Arts (BALA) program. Created as a rigorous, interdisciplinary program that will connect the liberal arts students to the work of business, BALA combines study of the arts and sciences with basic business principles. The Business and Liberal Arts curriculum reaffirms the importance of liberal arts while offering courses designed to bridge the study of traditional liberal arts with business.